Pakistan rolls out first batch of dual-seat JF-17 aircraft

Pakistan rolls out first batch of dual-seat JF-17 aircraft

Islamabad (Web Desk): In another remarkable milestone, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) rolled out first batch of 08 dual seat JF-17 aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra on Friday.

According to a statement issued by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson, a grand ceremony was held at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory, Kamra to mark this momentous occasion.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was the chief guest at the occasion.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Executive Vice President of Chinese Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) Hao Zhaoping also attended the ceremony as guest of honour.

PAC chairman Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad in his welcome address highlighted the salient features of the project.

Highlighting the time tested friendship between China and Pakistan; the Chinese ambassador said the JF-17 is a testimony of Sino-Pak friendship and mutual cooperation.

Speaking on the occasion, the air chief congratulated PAC and CATIC on successful accomplishment of 2019 production target and completing first 08 dual-seat JF-17 aircraft in record time of five months.

He said that serial production of dual-seat variant is a landmark development for JF-17 program and a true manifestation of everlasting friendship between both the friendly countries.

The air chief added that JF-17 Thunder is the backbone of PAF which has been battle proven during operation Swift Retort.

On the occasion, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and China National Aero-Tech­nology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) also signed an agreement for co-production of Chinese commercial aircraft.